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House Proceeding 03-24-10 on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 0:40:30 to 0:42:20
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David Loebsack

0:40:26 to 0:40:47( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: it's time the u.s. agencies be required to purchase u.s.-made tents and keep americans working. i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from wisconsin. observe ebb -- mr. obey: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from iowa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i do want to thank chairman obey for his work on this important legislation.

David Loebsack

0:40:30 to 0:42:20( Edit History Discussion )
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David Loebsack

0:40:48 to 0:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: this bill is vital to ensuring fema can provide assistance to communities in all of our states that are recovering from major disasters. it is also critical to fema's ability to provide life-saving help to communities that might experience a major disaster in the future. in iowa we were devastated by the great flood of 2008.

David Loebsack

0:41:09 to 0:41:30( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: 85 out of 99 counties were declared major disaster areas. my district alone had billions of dollars in damage and is still working to recover, including through an estimated $1 billion in fema projects. however, there is a current freeze on a multitude of fema projects nationwide.

David Loebsack

0:41:31 to 0:41:52( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: according to iowa's governor this has put work in jeopardy on $100 million worth of projects in iowa alone. in fact, a hard-hit area of iowa has received low bids on recovery projects but cannot commit because of this freeze. as a result they may lose a bid that is 20% below what was

David Loebsack

0:41:53 to 0:42:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: estimated which would actually save taxpayer money. the national weather service says there's an imminent widespread flood risk in the midwest this spring. we must ensure fema has the resources need to help our citizens who might be hit by flooding again even as we pray that it won't be need. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, it to ensure

David Loebsack

0:42:16 to 0:42:21( Edit History Discussion )

David Loebsack: iowans and communities nationwide continue to have this important safety net and we

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